New JET 1836 Drum Sander

JET Expands Drum Sander Line – JWDS-1836 Model

La Vergne, TN – After reintroducing JET’s stalwart JWDS-1632 Drum Sander with Stand last fall, JET® has announced plans to expand the popular woodworking machine category by adding the JET JWDS-1836 Drum Sander.  A mirror image of the JWDS-1632 drum sander’s features, the JWDS-1836 sander provides greater capacity to handle larger workpieces.

The mid-size drum sander boasts features of a tool-less conveyor belt parallelism adjustment, depth scale on the drum height adjustment handwheel and an advanced dust hood design.

Like JET’s JWDS-1632 model, attention is focused on the conveyor belt.  Parallelism adjustments of the precision-flattened, steel table re made without tools by simply turning a dial conveniently located on the left side of the conveyor.   The conveyor system pulls the work piece through the sander instead of pushing it to minimize stress on the belt. The conveyor belt provides a generous 18-3/4” L x 17-3/8” W surface area to move wood beneath the sanding drum.

The drum sander’s large handwheel features a depth adjustment scale to determine the rate of material removal. The scale enables the operator to reset and measure the depth setting of each project.  Each full rotation of the handle adjusts the drum height’s removal rate by 1/16”.  Adjusting the drum’s height and downward pressure helps alleviate snipe.

Dust collection features a redesigned hood with an integrated channel that mirrors the shape of the drum.  The channel directs dust, chips and debris to the 4”-diameter dust port on top of the sander’s hinged hood.

The sander’s open-ended design allows the JET JWDS-1836 to sand work pieces up to 36” wide by making two passes.  The machine sands material from 1/32” to 3” thick and can safely handle pieces as short as 2-3/8”.  A convenient camber adjustment makes it easy to avoid “witness marks” on wide boards.

The JET JWDS-1836 Drum Sander incorporates a 1-3/4 hp, TEFC single- phase, 115V, 15-amp motor that turns the sanding drum at 1720 rpm.  The conveyor belt is driven separately by a direct-drive, dc motor with 43 in.-lbs. of torque. This combination provides both consistent sanding power and fine control of conveyor speed.

Infinite variable control produces conveyor feed rates of 0 to 10 fpm.  JET’s SandSmartTM control monitors the load on the drum motor and automatically regulates conveyor speed to maintain the highest feed rate.  A red indicator light warns when the depth of cut is too great or the feed rate is too fast. A safety-keyed on/off switch with built-in overload protection is mounted on the control box next to the SandSmart control.

The patented conveyor belt TrackersTM significantly reduce the need for manual belt adjustments.  If tracking adjustments become necessary, independent tracking adjusters on either side of the conveyor can make the adjustment.

Measuring 5” in diameter by 18” long, the sanding drum is designed for smooth running and heat dissipation.  The precision-machined and balanced, extruded aluminum drum is self-cooling to prevent heat damage to the work piece or abrasive sleeve.  Sealed and permanently lubricated, 1”-diameter ball bearings provide smooth operation and long life.  Patented abrasive take-up clips make changing abrasive sleeves quick and easy.  The drum is easily removable.

The JET JWDS-1836 sander’s steel stand has a 20” x 37” footprint for stability and includes a storage shelf and pre-drilled holes for casters (optional). Optional accessories include a set of infeed/outfeed tables, each measuring 16-3/4” W x 10” D, which expands the sander’s total support surface to more than 42”.  The tables are equipped with easily installed brackets.  A set of four, full- swivel, locking casters with polyurethane-covered wheels also are available.

The JET JWDS-1836 Drum Sander with Stand is covered by a 5-year warranty, as well as JET’s RED AssuranceTM, the industry’s most dependable service and support guarantee program.

JET JWDS-1836 Specifications

  • Maximum Board Width: 36 inches (two passes)
  • Maximum Board Thickness: 3 inches
  • Minimum Board Thickness: 1/32 inch
  • Drum Diameter: 5 inches
  • Drum Length: 18 inches
  • Drum Speed: 1,720 RPM
  • Drum Bearing Diameter: 1 inch
  • Conveyor Motor: 43 in/lbs torque, direct drive, dc
  • Conveyor Speed: 0-10 FPM
  • Dust Port Outside Diameter: 4 inches
  • Motor Amps: 15
  • Motor Power: 1-3/4″ HP
  • Motor Phase: Single Phase
  • Motor Voltage: 115 volts
  • Net Weight: 163 lbs

Visit for more information or to locate a dealer for the new JET JWDS-1836rum Sander with Stand, Model JWDS-1836 (723530K, $1,397); Infeed/Outfeed Tables for Model JWDS-1836 (723521, $129.99); and Casters, Set of 4 (98-0130, $133.99).


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Todd Fratzel is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz, and the President of Front Steps Media, LLC, a web based media company focused on the Home Improvement and Construction Industry.He is also the Principal Engineer for United Construction Corp., located in Newport, NH. In his capacity at United he oversees the Residential and Commercial Building Division along with all Design-Build projects.He is also the editor of Home Construction & Improvement.

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